What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain in adults. This pain happens when the plantar fascia, a thick fibrous band of tissue along the sole of the foot, becomes inflamed. The plantar fascia is attached to the calcaneus (the heel bone), runs along the bottom of the foot, and eventually attaches at the base of the toes. This tough fibrous band plays an important role in the function of foot movement and supports the arch of the foot.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is when the plantar fascia is dysfunctional and the attachment point at the heel begins to fail and release painful proteins. Usually this is due to long-term damage to the connective tissue itself. A lifetime of buildups of advanced glycation endproducts, abnormal proteins formed in the setting of excess glucose, can make the fascia thick and perform poorly.
Chronic low-grade inflammation and oxidative stress, which cause most chronic diseases, leads to the dysfunctional tissue as well. Many complain that the first few steps in the morning are the worst for pain. Others report that the pain is intense after long periods of inactivity.
The role of the plantar fascia is to provide support for the overall foot structure. When it becomes irritated this can lead to excruciating pain. The initiation of symptoms from plantar fasciitis could come from many different things, such as; running, the shoes you wear, the surfaces you stand on, increased activity levels, the structure of the foot, or the weight one carries. However, most of the problem is from the reasons discussed above.
Omega-3 for Plantar Fasciitis
There are different things you can do to help relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis. Things such as stretching, icing, and physical therapy.
Research has found that Omega-3 has great anti-inflammatory properties that may help decrease the pain caused by inflammation in the plantar fascia. Many studies have found that adults that consume more fish oil supplements have less joint stiffness and pain. This is one of the reasons that the Mediterranean lifestyle is so beneficial for those at risk for arthritis.
Omega-3 fatty acids limit the production of painful mediators of inflammation. These fatty acids preferentially use enzymes that produce healing proteins and anti-inflammatory proteins, while still allowing tissues to heal and good immune function.
Omega-6 fatty acids promote the production of painful mediators and pro-inflammatory proteins because they use the cyclooxygenase enzyme preferentially. Omega-3 fatty acids do not.
Tart Cherry for Plantar Fasciitis
Tart cherry is also a great supplement used for its anti-inflammatory properties. Tart cherry has been found to act upon the COX-2 pathway to reduce inflammation. These natural ingredients may help reduce pain and inflammation without the negative long-term effect caused by NSAIDs. To increase the chances of reducing pain from plantar fasciitis, the combination of our Omega-3 and Tart Cherry Extract work great together.